April 14, 2021
After teaching grades 6 through 12 and observing preschool through 5, it’s no secret that each age takes a special kind of care and patience to teach. That being said, I’m going to reflect on the great care and outstanding patience that I have seen in preschool and kindergarten this year.
An unconditional love has developed in our teachers in both Preschool and Kindergarten. I have seen this in each misbehavior turned into a teaching moment; I have heard it in soothing voices when tears flow for one reason or another; in genuine excitement when a student holds up their work with pride; in their telling of the same direction for the fifth, sixth, and seventh time; and in late-night laminating, bulletin board creating, and activity planning. I hear it in Mrs. Moser’s happy giggles as a remote-controlled shark car charges towards her during show-and-tell. I see it in Mrs. Bixenmann’s creative letter-of-the-week visuals that she staples up outside the classroom. I hear it in Mrs. Colson’s interactive songs that students jump at the chance to follow along with. I see it in Mrs. Osburn kneeling to look a child in the eyes as if she wasn’t eight months pregnant.
The growth I see when I compare these fourth quarter students to their first quarter selves is nothing short of incredible. God is truly working through our teachers here at St. Peter School.
PS. Tell your family and friends in the area about our preschool and kindergarten Open House on Sunday, April 18 from 3-5pm, so they can see our school for themselves!
Just a reminder that Tuition Agreements for 2021-2022 were due April 8. The form is available on the St. Peter website under the Registration & Tuition tab. Please remember to check your FACTS account or set up an account on FACTS for payments. https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/43N2X If your tuition is paid in one installment, you do not need to use FACTS. FACTS is required for multiple installments.
REGISTERING/ENROLLING YOUR STUDENT FOR THIS FALL
To register/enroll your returning student(s) for this fall, you will need a “Snapcode” for each student which was in the letter sent home in February. If you are unable to find your letter, please email Mrs. Eckrich at email@example.com. Then click on https://www.saintpeterslincoln.com/registration--tuition.html. The directions there will lead you through the process. NOTE: If your student is new to St. Peter (i.e., Pre-K or Kindergarten, or in the midst of the ranks), you will go to this same website but click on “New Student Enrollment” because your new student does not have a Snapcode.
UPCOMING OPEN HOUSE & EARLY CHILDHOOD REGISTRATION
There will be an Open House on Sunday, April 18 from 3-5pm. You will be able to visit and learn more about Pre-K, Kindergarten, and CGS!
St. Peter Early Childhood Program Registration has begun!—Please click on the blue links below for more information. We are happy to provide tours for any program.
· CGS–Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is available to any child ages 3-6, sessions are 1 1/2 hours long, once a week from September-May.
· Preschool–must be 4 by July 31 with two, three, or five-day options; half or full day.
· Kindergarten–sign up now if you haven’t already!
CK SISTERS OUTDOOR SPRING WORKDAY
On Saturday, May 1, from 1:30-4:30pm, you are welcome to help the Sisters mulch, plant their vegetable garden, and cut trees. Helpful items to bring include wheelbarrows, shovels, gloves, pruning/lopping shears, hoes, pickups and chainsaws. Please bring masks for work in proximity to others. Children are also welcome! Mark your calendars now and contact Sister Mary Angela at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to come and help. Villa Regina Motherhouse, 4100 SW 56th St., about 2 miles west and south of Pioneers Park. (Walk-ins also welcome). Click on Workday for flyer.
TOTUS TUUS REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN!
Sign up now for this fast paced summer program for students in first grade through college Freshmen. Grades 1–8 attend Monday through Friday during the week of June 7, 9am–3pm. Those entering Grade 9 and up attend evenings Sunday–Thursday beginning June 6, 9am–3pm. Please sign up! Sign up forms are also available on the Scrip counter. We are in need of housing for some team members Saturday, June 4–Friday, June 11. If you have space for two team members who could have limited interaction with your family and you are interested, please contact Lynette at email@example.com or 402.328.2866 for additional information. Don’t miss the “most fun week of the year!”
FREE SUMMER FOOD PROGRAM/FREE LUNCH NOTICE
P-EBT cards will be issued to eligible students and will be delivered through the USPS starting tomorrow, 4-15-21. Students must qualify for free or reduced-priced school meals to be eligible. Monthly benefits will be automatically issued based on student data. Watch your mailbox for the card and instructions.
Kindergarten graduation will be Tuesday, May 25, with 8:15am Mass and program to follow.
8th grade graduation will be Tuesday, May 25, at 7pm.
ALL 6th GRADERS
Current sixth grade students are required to have a physical exam, DPT booster, two doses of the varicella vaccine, and immunizations record by a qualified physician within six months prior to the entrance into 7th grade. Sometimes it takes a long time to get in if you wait until summer to get an appointment. A copy of your student’s physical and a complete list of immunizations from your provider is due in the school office before August 16, 2021.
LOST & FOUND
Our Lost & Found box is full. If you are missing winter coats, school uniforms, water bottles, lunch boxes, etc., please stop by the school. All items not claimed by the end of the school year will be donated to CSS.
Girls in grades 3-8 have been growing! Please check the length of your daughter’s jumper/skirt and make sure it extends to the knee. If it is short, please let down the hem or consider ordering a new, longer jumper/skirt at https://www.dennisuniform.com/schools/POG. I’m also noticing the trend for hair being long in front among the boys. Hair should not go down past their eyebrows or over the collar on the back of their neck. If they need to do “the flip” to get it out of their eyes, it is likely time for a haircut. Thank you for your attention to this matter. (If you’ve been telling your son he needs a haircut and need a little backup, I’d be glad to provide that, please let me know. Sometimes we need to work together undercover.)
40 DAYS FOR LIFE
Mondays are the day assigned to our parish to have a presence at Planned Parenthood. Join us if you are able.
Scrip Sales for April 1-13 were $7,768 with a profit of $254.
E-Scrip is sent home on the 1st and 16th of the month. To sign up or make changes to your order, please fill out and return the E-Scrip registration form through your child's backpack, or contact Scrip Coordinator Niki Schnabel at 605-941-7590 or Nikifirstname.lastname@example.org
Scrip Volunteers for April 17/18 Masses: 4:00pm Jody Olsson, 8:00am Libby Tomes, 9:30am April Lieb, 11:00 Denise Deter. Thank you for volunteering!
Are you shopping for your daughter’s graduation dress? Please remember some guidelines: Dresses should not be sheer, should be at least knee length, and have a modest neckline and sleeves. A sleeveless dress may be allowed if a sweater or some type of jacket with sleeves is worn over the dress at all times during the graduation ceremony and reception. Boys should wear dress shirts and a tie, nice pants (no jeans or cargo pants), and dress shoes (no athletic shoes). Thank you for helping your children learn to keep their dignity as Christians.
BACKGROUND SCREEN/SAFE ENVIRONMENT
The Diocese requires all faculty, staff, and volunteers for any event to complete the online Safe Environment (SE) training yearly and background screens every five years. Please check with the school office first (402-421-6299 or email@example.com) to find out your dates of completion to determine if you need a background screen, SE training, or both.
Please remember to bring food on Fridays for Catholic Social Services. The children also have a mission collection weekly. We encourage children to bring a little of their own money, or to do an extra job for which they can earn funds to give to the Missionary Childhood Association. Money will be sent directly to the front office for sanitary reasons.
Come join the fun this summer! Camps are for students in Grades 4-8. Flyers with registration details are available in the school office, or click Kateri. Register early to attend SKY Camp, Tekakwitha Games, or Catholic Adventure Camp, Scholarships are available. Volunteer counselors are also needed (applications found at the website). Click on Camps for prices, dates, registration, and COVID protocols.
Week-long camps will be held at St. Michael Catholic School, 9101 S 78th St. Take learning outside the classroom with engaging, exciting, hands-on opportunities. For kids entering grades 1-9. Date are June 7-11 and June 14-18, 9-noon, and 1-4pm. Stay for lunch and make it a full week of fun! Students are also welcome at the daily 8:15am Mass before Camp. Cost is $120 per session. Click Camp Archangel for registration details.
GEER FUNDED IPAD
GEER (Governor’s Emergency Education Relief) funding has been funneled to schools who do not provide technology devices to their children. We have sufficient 128GB iPads to provide one per family permanently. These iPads are for use at home and will not be returned to the school—they will be yours permanently! The capacity of our school Wi-Fi cannot handle the load of additional devices, and they are not set up for the required e-rate screening. If you wish to receive an iPad, it will be your responsibility to supervise and install parental controls on the device. I cannot overstate the necessity of such supervision on your part as parents. The two free parental control apps that we recommend are BARK and OurPact. If you are unable to oversee and manage the device well as parents, please do not request/accept one. Even though the devices came to us at no direct cost, the cost within your families could be astronomical if used without vigilance.
With the above in mind, please discern if your child can benefit from an iPad. Please feel absolutely free to say yes or no to a device; no judgement will be made on any family. We simply want to use the means available to help you as best we can. (iPads not used by families will be used in school to facilitate distance learning.) Here’s the link to let us know what meets your need.
CK Sisters Outdoor Workday - May 1
Camp Kateri flyer - Summer 2021
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